Main Focus of TM
The joint programme started in 2009 with the aim of building a pool of candidates for the role of HC and selecting the right candidate when the need arose. One of our interviewees pointed out that the screening and interview and being placed in the ‘potentials’ pool are just the first step:
that doesn’t guarantee that they are going to be deployed... they can apply for positions. It is a roster ... it is not for a job in particular ... We do this HC pool process once a year or once every two years, and we replenish the pool.
The RC/RR of the UN is usually tasked with the additional role of humanitarian coordinator. However, RC/RRs are typically experienced in coordinating long-term processes rather than responding to an immediate and urgent need, so there is a need to identify RC/RRs who are versed not only in socio-economic development but also in humanitarian coordination issues. The OCHA office, as Secretary to the IASC, has worked with UNDP to attract, identify, and train humanitarian leaders to mainstream in the RC/RR career track. OCHA also works with other organisations to select the best candidates. According to one of our interviewees:
The humanitarian committee is composed of not only UN agencies but also of NGOs and the Red Cross movement. it is our duty to involve all the parts of the humanitarian community. So basically what we are trying to do is to identify the best and the brightest to go and become the humanitarian coordinators - that is the top official coordinating humanitarian responses, leading and coordinating humanitarian responses in the field.
TM programmes normally examine their own organisation’s workforceto identify best performers, but the TM programmes in this case strengthen the coordination mechanisms among a variety of organisations with different mandates and interests, but the same broad goals. Candidates inside and outside the UN are examined to find those with the best competencies to lead coordination efforts with credibility among an increasing number of stakeholders in socio-economic development and humanitarianism. So, although they look at different pools of candidates as well as at different consensus-building stakeholders, both TM programmes aim at identifying similar competencies. By working together on talent management, UNDP and OCHA are increasing the effectiveness of the overall leadership coordination in both the socio-economic development and the humanitarian field.